I just love this plum cake recipe made with fresh plums. It's the perfect cake to make near the end of summer or in the fall when plums are at their peak. It's an easy cake recipe that's not too sweet.
For the topping, stir together the sugar, flour and cinnamon. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Set the mixture aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until they become fluffy and light colored. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the milk. Pour the batter into a lightly buttered 9"x11" baking pan. Arrange the plums, cut side up, on top of the batter. Sprinkle with the topping.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 30 minutes and test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle. If needed, bake for another few minutes and test the cake again. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes before glazing or cutting it.
To Make the Glaze:
Stir together the icing sugar, milk and almond extract until smooth.
Drizzle the glaze over the warm cake.
Run a knife around the edge of the pan to release the cake from the pan.